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Lewis & Clark - PBS

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This is the web site for Ken Burns' PBS series on the travels of Lewis and Clark. It provides a significant resource for studying the explorers' travels, along with study ...more
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This is the web site for Ken Burns' PBS series on the travels of Lewis and Clark. It provides a significant resource for studying the explorers' travels, along with study suggestions.

tag(s): explorers (65), lewis and clark (17)

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Such a great site! Use this site as a resource for anything and everything concerning Lewis and Clark. Use the interactive map over the projector to show students how far their travels extended, as well as to show the growing size of the United States at that time. There is also an interactive story that could be used as a learning center, primary sources that could be used in discussion, and various other activity ideas on this site. US history teachers will appreciate this one!

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Voyages of Discovery

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The London Museum of Natural History created this site to chronicle the voyage of Captain Cook, who was the first European to bring natural scientists to Australia. Learn what they...more
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The London Museum of Natural History created this site to chronicle the voyage of Captain Cook, who was the first European to bring natural scientists to Australia. Learn what they found and how they documented their work.

tag(s): australia (34), explorers (65)

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Use the site as an activator for a unit on Charles Darwin and the theory of Evolution he eventually published and made famous. The images, maps and quick bio would work well on the interactive whiteboard to serve as a guide for a lecture OR would be a great learning center or station. Save this site as a favorite and use it in your own classroom!

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Australia - Beyond the Fatal Shore - PBS

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9 to 12
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This PBS series begins with the origins of Australia as a penal colony, then goes on to survey the people, cultures, and natural beauty of this island continent. ...more
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This PBS series begins with the origins of Australia as a penal colony, then goes on to survey the people, cultures, and natural beauty of this island continent.

tag(s): australia (34), explorers (65)

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Use the interactive timeline on this site to provide a brief overview of Australia's beginnings and its' development into a nation. Introduce the timeline on the interactive whiteboard or projector, using it as a introductory activity about Australia. This could be a great starter activity - as students are coming in, have them read the timeline and reflect on what they see. Teachers can target student interest with a question about the timeline or let them respond freely.

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Historic American Maps - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has produced this collection of historic maps in half a dozen categories ranging from convervation to cities to military campaigns. Users can view maps online...more
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The Library of Congress has produced this collection of historic maps in half a dozen categories ranging from convervation to cities to military campaigns. Users can view maps online or download them for inclass use.

tag(s): explorers (65), maps (247)

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Teachers will probably want to suggest which maps are most useful.

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Canada and the Hudson's Bay Company - Canadiana

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This Canadian site is written expressly for younger audiences, yet the thematic presentation is interesting enough to hold the attention of older students. There's lots of information,...more
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This Canadian site is written expressly for younger audiences, yet the thematic presentation is interesting enough to hold the attention of older students. There's lots of information, presented in an appealing, easily accessible structure. Great addition to any unit on exploration, or for the study of Canadian history itself.

tag(s): canada (25), explorers (65), pioneers (9)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans on this site! All would benefit a US history course, grades 6-12.

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State of Alabama - Alabama.gov

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Find basic facts about the state of Alabama. Especially helpful is the information included about the state's weather including water and parks. Be sure to explore the state library...more
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Find basic facts about the state of Alabama. Especially helpful is the information included about the state's weather including water and parks. Be sure to explore the state library link which includes in-depth information about the state's rich history beginning with the early Polynesian explorers up to present day statehood.

tag(s): states (142)

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Share this site with students researching information for state reports. Rather than having students create traditional reports, replace these by making them online! Use PicLits, reviewed here. Take student learning a step further by modifing and having students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location on a map (Alabama) where the report takes place. Explore the site with students when learning about different states, ask students to tell what they know then compare to information provided on the site.

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Amazon River Dolphins - Virtual Explorers

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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during ...more
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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during August, 1999. Read the information and updates from before, during, and after. This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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